Archive for June, 2015

Energy Pipeline: Insurance Costs Play A Role In Safety, Accident Clean-up

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

In the oil and gas industry, there are many penalties and regulations to ensure the safety of the workers, as well as the surrounding communities where the work is being done, yet still there are accidents and environmental spills, and these incidents happen quite a lot – more then we ever hear of in the news. The way oil and gas companies deal with this depends on how large the company is, with the options being either to pay for the damage with comprehensive insurance, or pay out of pocket for these expenses. Another consideration is damages done by contract workers, and generally these workers have insurance themselves to protect the company they are working for.

While these companies main goal is to have zero incidents, they also must determine if the cost of insurance would be less or greater then paying for liabilities out of pocket – it all depends on the company and how fiscally fit they are to afford either option. For the full article click here…

Electro Scan Announces Strategic Alliance With App Orchid

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Water utilities lose up to 20-30% of water due to infrastructure leakage, and sewer utilities can add the same amount to water flow during wet weather causing sewer flooding and back up. Fortunately due to a partnership between Electro Scan Inc., a provider of leak detection instrumentation and cloud applications for the water, sewer, and gas pipeline industries, and App Orchid Inc, manufacturers of cognitive-based solutions that collect and interpret information that is presented in gamified applications, these challenges may not be so daunting in the future.

No longer can industries rely on data collection systems to identify critical resources that use dated resources like information logs, emails, customer service calls, and field inspections, etc. Now with this new alliance and technology, industries can gather this information more intelligently and apply it to real working situations. To read more about this new development, and what it means for the water, sewer, and gas pipeline industries, click here…

Construction Zone Safety Reminders

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Every month, twenty-three road side construction workers are killed in accidents across the country involving equipment colliding with other construction vehicles and/or oncoming traffic. On June 7th, 2015, in Englewood, Ohio, Daniel Walker was killed on the job while working road side construction along I-70. The fatal accident happened when a dump truck hit the right side of a semi, causing the truck to collide into a barrier wall where Daniel Walker was working – he leaves behind a wife and two children. The highway was shut down for nine hours due to the clean up.

OSP Troopers are using this tragic event as an opportunity to remind drivers to adhere to posted speed limits not only in highways that are not under construction, but particularly in construction zones. The fines are expensive and the possible fatalities are very real for the construction workers. Now that construction season has arrived, drivers are reminded to give themselves plenty of time so that they can be safe while getting to their destination on time. Read full article here…

Effective electrical safety starts with maintenance

Monday, June 29th, 2015

In the latest copy of the National Fire Protection Associates Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, it is stated that facility managers must conduct maintenance on electrical equipment, and these managers must document this maintenance – this is not a suggestion, this is a requirement. Maintenance is key to ensuring electrical equipment that operates at it’s optimum capacity with minimum downtime, and reducing work-related injuries and fatalities. Another aspect to consider, when it comes to this required maintenance, is that the documented work is only as good as the person doing the maintenance and so the job must be done by personnel that is properly trained and qualified.

Research has shown that the number of injuries and fatalities in the workplace directly relate to the qualifications of maintenance personnel: the better qualified and trained a maintenance person is, the less likely accidents will happen. OSHA and NFPA have updated it’s requirements for training maintenance personnel, and you can read more about this by clicking here…

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Charity, Construction Industry Join to Aid Soldiers in Need

Monday, June 29th, 2015

What do construction companies and an organization called The Wounded Warrior Project have in common? They both deal in rebuilding – one deals in brick and mortar structures, and the latter is concerned with rebuilding lives. The Wounded Warrior Project has been helping wounded veterans, since September 11th, 2001, acclimate into civilian lives through various programs targeted for the specific concerns and challenges veterans face, including disabilities and post traumatic stress disorder.

Many construction companies have taken a keen interest in The Wounded Warrior Project, by either donating money, or sponsoring events that raise funds for the program. Most importantly however; is the fact that a group of construction employers and industry associations have pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. Veterans are loyal and dedicated to their cause, and these kind of employees are a benefit to any company; you can read more about The Wounded Warrior Project, and how the construction industry is contributing by clicking here…

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State Probing PG&E Safety Program After Concerns Raised About Potential Explosions

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is in hot water with the state after a member of Congress learned of deficiencies in its safety program. These deficiencies relate to the issue of cross bores, which happen when a natural gas line pierces a utility line, usually a sewer line, and because there is no trench that is dug during that particular installation, the cross bore goes undetected. These cross bores become dangerous when the gas pipe become damaged, causing a gas leak, when the sewer line, for whatever reason, needs maintenance. The sewer line acts as a vent, allowing the gas that is leaking in the cross bore, to enter the home or building, and any spark – even turning on a light switch – will cause an explosion.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co’s., program to detect and fix cross bores is being investigated because a company whistle-blower revealed to the congress member that the work was sometimes done by unqualified personnel, and test results were falsified, or addresses that were scheduled for inspection were not inspected without sufficient reason. PG&E is already facing criminal charges for the San Brunu pipeline explosion in 2010, and you can read the complete report by clicking here…

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Hoover Dam: A Symbol of Simple Strength

Friday, June 26th, 2015

During the Great Depression, in the 1930’s, when there were no jobs available, the Hoover Dam was in the beginning stages of being built, signifying the will and determination of a nation to survive economic turmoil. This solid concrete structure, blocking the walls between the Black Canyon along the Colorado River, would prove to be the highest, most costly water project and power plant at that time, and more then ninety-six workers would die building this symbol of national strength.

To say the building of the Hoover Dam was a dangerous undertaking would be a a severe understatement, as men from all over American, including former sailors, circus acrobats and Native Americans, risked their lives scaling the rock, and using dynamite to to blow away lose rocks before the work could begin. They worked twenty-four hours a day, breaking the time up into three shifts, and were paid $1.60 a day which was considered a very good wage at the time. To read the full story of the building of the Hoover Dam, and to learn about key players in this massive project, click here…

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Remains Strong in May

Friday, June 26th, 2015

A survey, released in May 2015, conducted by The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation is showing that companies who lease equipment are feeling more confident in the economy, and are moving forward on projects that may have been put on hold. The president of Brandywine Capital Associates, shared in their survey response that they are seeing a strong increase in application volume, which is a good indicator of this confidence. Responses from other executives from the multi-billion dollar equipment sectors show that most feel business will either stay the same, or increase, but none believed that business conditions will get worse.

The survey covered various aspects of business trends including demand, the state of the economy currently and in the future, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, hiring new employees and spending on business development activities. Overall, the survey shows positive responses in these categories, and you can click here to read the full report and get exact numbers…

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Safety Groups Team Up To Stop Work Site Deaths

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work, and in Jacksonville, Fl., the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from construction site falls is the highest in the nation. As a result, OSHA and the Northeast Florida Safety Council have joined forces to teach employees and employers safety measures to prevent these kinds of accidents. OSHA does require that construction companies use fall prevention systems, but many companies ignore using this equipment, or don’t rig them up correctly.

In this safety training, OSHA and the Northeast Florida Safety Council showed the proper way to build safety support systems, and the steps needed to catch workers if the fall. Click here to read more about this growing problem, and what local Jacksonville construction companies are doing to ensure the safety of their workers…

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Drones On Demand: Company Provides Unmanned Aircraft Pilots

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

No doubt you have heard of Drones, and all the amazing things they can do, and as far as construction and other heavy industries go, the possibilities are abundant. For example, a drone can monitor a pile of dirt on a construction site, and how much has been removed over a given time period and can watch what sub-contractors are doing and track their work- this lets supervisors off site know how quickly work is being done and if construction is sticking to schedule. Depending on how long a drone may be needed, and considerations concerning the training of drone pilots, investing in a drone may not be practical.

A Company in San Francisco called Skycatch has launched a service called Workmode, which matches companies wanting a drone with qualified pilots who own and operate them and can hire them as needed. Skycatch recently got approval from the FAA to operate drones in construction and agriculture, and they hope to expand to pipeline inspection and search and rescue in the future. You can read more about drones, and this service, by clicking here…